Mike Walsh Profile

CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy for business design, Mike Walsh is in great demand from leading companies worldwide, both as a consultant and a keynote speaker. A former senior strategist at News Corporation and currently board member/strategic investor at North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group, his speeches open new realms of opportunity for business leaders negotiating the rapid shifts in the technological landscape.

Mike’s bestselling book FUTURETAINMENT was given the design award by the Art Director’s Club, and he has been widely published, featuring in BusinessWeek, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal amongst many others. His reputation as an expert and inspiring keynote speaker is reflected in the fact that he is now approaching a total of one thousand keynote speeches delivered around the globe.

While some forecasters attempt to make predictions far into the future, Mike expertly monitors emerging technologies and human behavioral patterns to provide businesses with innovative and workable strategies for today and tomorrow. He spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing leading innovators in the corporate field, enabling him to identify emerging trends and the opportunities they offer.

A keynote speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table, one of the world’s most important speaking events, Mike sends audiences away from his customized presentations full of new ideas and inspiration for transforming their business practice.

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    Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change.

    Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike.

    Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group.

    Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York.

    Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach—scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

    Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.

    Mike has delivered close to a thousand keynote speeches around the world to companies in almost every industry. His customized presentations leave audiences prepared and inspired to transform the way they do business. Mike was invited to be a main stage keynote speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table with an audience of more than 8,000 people, one of the most prestigious events on the global speaking circuit.

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Mike Walsh explores the challenges and opportunities new technologies present to every company. He explains how not only will your next generation of customers interact with you in new and unexpected ways, but also how that generation as employees will require a transformation in your management models and company culture.

Mike brings his own business experience and his wide-ranging research into the most innovative firms on the planet to present the consumer of the future. With the Internet allowing consumers more access to information and more control than ever before, Mike’s ideas will help you to reinvent your marketing strategies and optimize the power of your consumer interactions.

In addition to sharing his expert knowledge on keeping your consumers with you, Mike also has a wealth of visionary ideas concerning the need for companies to restructure to accommodate new technologies and the expertise in them of new generations. From redesigning your IT systems to analyzing data to allowing your employees to flourish commercially and creatively, you will leave Mike’s talks with the ideas and inspiration necessary to compete in the new marketplaces of the age of information.

The Algorithmic Leader
We live in an age of wonder – cars that drive themselves, platforms that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms and AI are transforming not only business, but every facet of daily life. While many fear that robots will take their jobs, the rise of machine intelligence begs a more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the 21st century?

In this inspiring keynote, Mike Walsh, futurist and author of ‘The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas’ will present a vivid portrait of a brave new world orchestrated by machines that think, and how tomorrow’s leaders can upgrade their capabilities to survive and thrive in an age of accelerating technology.

Audiences will walk away with an insight into the companies, technologies and global forces shaping the age of machine intelligence, as well as a set of tailored next actions on how to redesign their organizations, reimagine their roles and reinvent the way they make decisions.

Designing Your Business for the 21st Century
‘Most companies are simply not designed to survive. They become successful on the basis of one big idea or breakthrough product,’ says CEO MikeWalsh of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that helps design 21st century businesses. ‘The companies that will thrive in the near future are the ones not only embracing change but breaking the rules.’

Companies built to survive the future are no accident. They are a result of deliberate business design decisions smart leaders are making today. In his ongoing research on the world’s most innovative companies, Mike has organized these decisions into seven strategic priorities – that he will explore with audiences as a roadmap for their own reinvention.

In this keynote, Walsh will outline the mega-trends shaping the future of business and consumer behaviour, and the lessons learned from successful Fortune 500 companies on leveraging disruptive innovation, adopting a data-driven mindset and leading change through digital transformation.

From the impact of AI on leadership to the mega-trends driving digital transformation, Mike Walsh's keynotes are a blend of provocative questions and global case studies.

***Based on his discovery calls with you, and using the seven transformation drivers below as a guideline, Mike will personalize a presentation specifically for your audience.


What People are Saying about Seeing Mike Speak

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“Dynamic, highly relevant and stimulating, with fresh and unique insights.”
    Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO, Grey Group Asia Pacific

“An eye opener!”
    Cyril Rickelton-Abdi, Director, Technology Development,Disney ABC Television Group

“Thank you for contributing to FOXTEL’s success!”
    Peter Tonagh, Chief Financial Officer, FOXTEL

“An ideal contribution.”
    Mark Scott, Managing Director, ABC

“Highly inquisitive and original. I recommend him highly.”
    Tony Faure, CEO, nineMSN

“Relevant, thought provoking content, and a dynamic delivery.”
    Beth Etling, Marketing & Content Director, ad:tech

“I would highly recommend Mike Walsh to any company who wants to get a clearer understanding of not what might be, but what is very likely to be.”
    Dave Marshall, Managing Director, Fujifilm Australia

“A real visionary.”
    Rob Antulov, Director of Strategy, Fairfax

“Insightful, clever, entertaining and informative.”
    Megan Brown, Head of On Air, XYZ Music Channels

    Linda Bracken, Head of National Networks, ABC

“Fascinating! You should also write books on presenting technology topics to non-technology people. It’s a skill very few technologists have.”
    Nick Nero, Director of New Technology Strategy, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

“Your presentation was unbelievable. Scary but enlightening and challenging!”
    John Kukla, VP Creative Services, Fox

“Great session! To be perfectly honest, I′m sort of lost between being very excited and very frightened.”
    Andrew Donohue, Director, On-Air Promotions, NYCTV / NYC Media Group

“Enjoyed your presentation!”
    Gordon Ho, Executive Vice President of Content, Marketing and Business Development Strategy, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

“Great session, really insightful.”
    Joe Earley, EVP Marketing, Fox

    Tom Lucas, Director of Marcomms, UKTV

“How bloody fantastic was your recent presentation here – loved it! Really accessible and with an excellent engaging delivery. The best such trot round the digital multi-media and multi-platform blah blah blah landscape I have ever heard – and I’ve heard lots of blah over the years – and not in a good way – unlike your blah! Smashing.”
    Richard Brunskill, Department Coordinator, ABC TV Arts, Entertainment & Comedy

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Books by Mike Walsh:

The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines Are Smarter Than You

The greatest threat we face is not robots replacing us, but our reluctance to reinvent ourselves.

We live in an age of wonder: cars that drive themselves, devices that anticipate our needs, and robots capable of everything from advanced manufacturing to complex surgery. Automation, algorithms, and AI will transform every facet of daily life, but are we prepared for what that means for the future of work, leadership, and creativity? While many already fear that robots will take their jobs, rapid advancements in machine intelligence raise a far more important question: what is the true potential of human intelligence in the twenty-first century?


The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas
The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas is a collection of the most challenging concepts facing business leaders at the dawn of the 21st century. At the intersection of emerging technologies and new patterns of human behaviour, the ideas in the Dictionary have been chosen for both their potential to transform the way companies operate, and inspire new forms of thinking.

What makes an idea dangerous is often not so much the idea itself as the troubling questions that it raises. Questions about the nature of reality, authority, society, and the boundaries between truth and heresy.

Global futurist and innovation expert Mike Walsh presents 88 scientific breakthroughs, emerging technologies and disruptive business models—all with the potential to shake the foundations of the world we know.

  • What if we could design smarter, healthier people?
  • What if we could build things one atom at a time?
  • What if medicine was personalized for our unique genetic code?
  • What if there was no such thing as privacy?
  • What if we could re-program nature?
  • What if the future of the Web was in the emerging world?
  • What if we could reverse-engineer the human brain?
  • What if companies had no bosses or titles?
  • Each of the ideas are concisely explained in a single page, with references to the latest case studies and research, as well as some useful ‘mind grenade’ questions to prompt further discussion.

    Fully illustrated with a custom typographic alphabet and original black and white photographs—The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas is the essential companion for any leader who wants to understand what it will take to survive and thrive in the near future.

    Over recent years seismic changes have taken place in the structure and direction of the media and entertainment industries. Since the launch of the first commercial web browser, to the advent of broadband, digital downloads and online virtual worlds, patterns of consumer behavior have adapted and evolved enormously, embracing new opportunities and having an indelible impact upon the commercial nature of media.

    Mike Walsh has been at the heart of this consumer revolution from its beginning and has been helping some of the world′s leading companies and brands embrace new ideas for the past decade. The 23 insights in Futuretainment reveal how the rise of the Internet, mobile devices, social networking, audience networks, user generated content, ubiquitous networks and the ‘adaptive web’, amongst other advances, has affected the worlds of media and entertainment forever.

    Futuretainment is a dynamic visual handbook offering an accessible approach to this complex and evolving subject. It is a must-read for any individual or business that wants to understand how to maximize their position in this new era.

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